holyday

THE HON. ROBERT NESTA MARLEY, O.M.
February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981


Born fatherless, never knew my father.
My mother worked. She didn’t have no way of
keeping me going to school. We don’t have
education, we have inspiration. If I was
educated, I would be a damn fool.

Me don’t have no prejudice about myself.
Why me don’t have no prejudice about myself?
My father was white, my mother black. You know,
dem call me half-caste, or whatever. Well, me don’t
be upon nobody’s side. Me don’t be upon black mon’s side
nor white man’s side but upon God’s side, de mon
who create me, who cause me to come
from black and white.


Reggae music is the the people’s music, reggae music is news.
It’s news about your own self, your own history, things that
they wouldn’t teach you in a school. Reggae music is a
music created by Rasta people. And it carry earth
force, a people rhythm, earth people. You know,
there’s a rhythm of people working,
people moving.

Dreads of the world suffer.
Masses of the people suffer.
And dis music come from the
masses of the people.


Why one race want to be rich and the other one poor?
Why one want to fight on the other? It’s no more of that.
The youth of today say no, that cannot work no more.


How long have I been a Rastafarian?
I am a Rastamon, you know, I stand Rasta.
To say how long is like, again, I say, from Creation,
if you can overstand it that way. Because y’all like
to say 15 years, 10 years, it’s not really so.
It’s from Creation.

The only law which is law is the law of life,
the law of how to live. Me don’t want to get
involved in talking like me is a politician.
Me just want to talk about righteousness.
Jah is Earth’s rightful ruler.


I don’t come to bow, you know, I come to conquer.
I don’t come to bow, I come to conquer.

My home is always where I am. My home is in my head.
My home is what I think about, how I try to settle my mind.
That is my home. My home is not in the material world but there.

I don’t really have no ambition, you know.
I only have one thing I’d really like to see happen.
I’d like to see mankind live together — black, white,
shiny, anyone, you know what I mean? That’s all.

We are revolutionaries.
Me see myself as a revolutionary,
who don’t have no help, nor take no bribe
from no one, but fight it single
handed, with music.


My life is important to me,
but all people life is important.
My life is only important if me can
help plenty people. If my life is just for
me, my own security, then me no want it.
My life is for people. That’s the way me is.


I say to the people that they have a voice inside of
them that talk to them, you know. That is the voice
that people must listen to. Because in everything
that you go and do, there is a wrong way and a
right way. And if you listen good, you will
know the right way. You know? Because
there is a voice inside talkin’ to
everyone. Seen? Seen.


Jah lives, children!

stop struggling

papaji
 

Milarepa,

the twelfth-century Tibetan

yogi who sang wonderful songs about

the proper way to meditate, said that the mind

has more projections than there are dust motes in a

sunbeam and that even hundreds of spears couldn’t put

an end to that. As meditators we might as well stop struggling

against our thoughts and realize that honesty and humor

are far more inspiring and helpful than any

kind of solemn religious striving

for or against

anything.

 

Pema Chodron

 

just breathe

To
calm the mind
means to find the right
balance. If you try to force your
mind too much it goes too far;
if you don’t try enough it
doesn’t get there, it
misses the point
of balance.

Normally
the mind isn’t still,
it’s moving all the time,
it lacks strength. Making the
mind strong and making the body
strong are not the same. To make the
body strong we have to exercise it, to push
it, in order to make it strong, but to make the
mind strong means to make it peaceful, not to
go thinking of this and that. For most of us
the mind has never been peaceful, it has
never had the energy of samadhi, so
we establish it within a boundary.
We sit in meditation, staying
with the One who
knows.

There’s
no need to think
of anything special,
just concentrate on this
simple task for now, having
continuous presence of mind.
There’s nothing more to do, just
breathing in and out. Soon the mind
becomes peaceful, the breath refined.
The mind and body become light.
This is the right state
for the work of
meditation.

a new year rain

 

I have a ladle of wine

to share with you tonight

a new year rain drums on the roof

an ancient wind sings in the fields

considering the world’s 

springtime and fall

this body’s decay and emptiness

the destruction of the tombs on Peimang

let us sigh for all our heroes.
 
 
Lu You (1125-1210)